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Opportunities: 2 Year MFA in Theatre – Sarah Lawrence College (New York)

Opportunities: 2 Year MFA in Theatre – Sarah Lawrence College (New York)

A 2 Year MFA in Theater 30 Minutes from NYC
Deadline: January 1
, 2021
Apply to the Theatre graduate program today»

The Master of Fine Arts in Theatre at Sarah Lawrence College supports students through research and practice to develop their unique artistic voice and robust creative practice to engage with the contemporary field. Under the guidance of faculty and thesis advisors who are working artists, curators, and organizers, the program offers an advanced study of theatre and performance that is interdisciplinary, collaborative, expansive, and rigorous.

Academic Program
Like the College at large, the Graduate Program in Theatre emphasizes an individualized learning process. Each student’s course of study is unique and is created in consultation with the program director and faculty in response to the student’s background, interests, strengths, and artistic training requirements.

Students may apply for fall entry to the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre program. Applicants must have received a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission.

The application deadline is January 1, 2021
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I’m Very Into You is a civically engaged piece led by guest artist, Sara Lyons.

Interdisciplinary – The program emphasizes theatre and performance making as an integrative process.
Collaborative – Students work closely in classes, conferences, and productions with the faculty, guest artists, their graduate cohort, and the undergraduate theatre community.
Expansive – We emphasize the development of original work, grounded in a study of historical and contemporary forms and in expansive articulations of performance frameworks.
Rigorous – Embodiment, process, and feedback and reflection are at the core of graduate curricular work.

Program Overview

  • The program emphasizes theatre and performance making as an integrative practice. Each student develops a study program that draws from courses in acting, Alexander Technique, improvisation, creation of original work, design, directing, acting, contemporary performance, history/survey, movement, playwriting, solo performance, and puppetry speech, voice, and civic engagement.
  • Each student’s course of study is unique. Students spend several days during registration week in one-on-one interviews with the faculty to decide which “components” they will take. The program uses the term “components” instead of “courses” because it is possible, and encouraged, to take a component from the Music or Dance performing arts programs.
  • Graduate students work closely in classes, conferences, and productions with faculty, fellow graduate students, and the Sarah Lawrence undergraduate theatre community.
  • Graduate curricular work is augmented by a practicum in which students learn by doing. Multiple production frameworks offer graduate students a wide range of opportunities, including season productions, guest art residencies, downstage season, and independent student groups.
  • The Theatre and Civic Engagement program provides students with teaching placements with community partners.
  • Students participate in internships or fieldwork in New York City theatres and theatre organizations.

Deadline: January 1, 2020
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The Return by Tom Lee is an original theatre piece that brings the traditional world of puppetry into the modern era of technology.

Program Outline

For an M.F.A. in theatre, students will earn a total of 48 course credits (24 in the first year and 24 in the second). Students are accepted on a full-time basis; exceptions are made only in extraordinary circumstances.

Required courses in the M.F.A. program:

  • Contemporary Collaborative Performance (Year 1)
  • Performance Research (Year 1)
  • Studio (Year 1)
  • Grad Lab (Year 1 & 2)
  • Practice/Thesis (Year 2)
  • Survey (Year 1 & 2)
  • Practicum (Year 1 & 2)

Take a look at our course offerings for 2020/2021

Other than these required courses, students chose paths according to their interests and needs. The goal is to create an interdisciplinary course of study that builds on current skill sets and explores theater and performance aspects that are new to them.

Graduate students participate in one or more practicum activities per year. These may include season productions, guest art residencies, downstage season, independent student groups, or internships. Students take one analytical class per year during the graduate program (history, theory, survey, dramaturgy, etc.).

Apply Today

Students may apply for fall entry to the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre program. Applicants must have received a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission.

The application deadline is January 1, 2020
Apply to the Theatre graduate program online»

Request More Information»

Faculty

A caring and generous faculty support your creative practice and growth. Some of the faculty include:

Monthly Guests

Each month, the program invites nationally and internationally recognized artists to mentor and lead workshops during Grad Lab classes. Some of the past guests have included:

Deadline: January 1.
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